due process of law

noun
the regular administration of the law, according to which no citizen may be denied his or her legal rights and all laws must conform to fundamental, accepted legal principles, as the right of the accused to confront his or her accusers.
Also called due process, due course of law.


Origin:
1885–90

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due process of law
 
n
the administration of justice in accordance with established rules and principles

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due process of law definition


The principle that an individual cannot be deprived of life, liberty, or property without appropriate legal procedures and safeguards. The Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution guarantee that any person accused of a crime must be informed of the charges, be provided with legal counsel, be given a speedy and public trial, enjoy equal protection of the laws, and not be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment, unreasonable searches and seizures, double jeopardy, or self-incrimination.

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Example sentences
One of the things you learn in law school is that a trial, to comport with due
  process, must have dignity.
But you do have a right to be free from forced medication, of any kind, with
  out due process to remove those rights.
It's all too easy to jump into the angry mob and forget due process.
But liberty, and the safeguards inherent in due process, remain strong.
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